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USA, 1993 (MIFF 1994, Documentaries)

Director: Ross McElwee

Ross McElwee's earlier film, Sherman's March, delighted MIFF audiences with its witty, charming and wonderfully eclectic insights into the heartland of America and his dreams of finding the perfect soulmate. Now McElwee takes up his camera where he left off with this addition to his entertaining personal diary filmmaking style.

Having decided to marry, he is faced with the advice (mostly unwanted) of friends and family. His father gives off a "Freudian force field" that inevitably interferes with the shoot. Old pal Charleen gets into the act as Ross and new wife struggle with whether to begin a family. And Ross gives new meaning to the leisure time activity of fishing when he demands to know "Does a fish have a soul?, Can a fish sin? and Does God take all fish into heaven?"

A beguiling and playful documentary that is a must-see for Ross McElwee's legion of fans and for all those lucky enough to be meeting this uniquely American filmmaker for the first time.

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